Koine; a lingua franca made up of a mix of languages

The concept for this body of semiotic images is the simulation of a universal, intuitive language. I am investigating the expressive force of language rather than its traditional cognitive associations. These encaustic paintings on birch panels record gestures from “automatic writing” carved into the warm wax surfaces as well as impressed designs from carved clay stamps.  Calligraphy explores expressiveness by combining vigorous gestural marks with a sumi brush fused into the surface as a counterpoint to the sensuous fields of subtle color. Color, gesture and texture create the illusion of ancient tablets trapping fragments of color, memory and message in time. 

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